2018 Fans' Choice Player of the Year

All the results of voting for the Canberra Raiders Fans' Choice Player of the Year

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2018 Fans' Choice Player of the Year

Post by The Greenhouse » March 14, 2018, 10:19 am

2018 Fans' Choice Player of the Year

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2018 Total points

21 - Josh Papalii
19 - Joe Tapine
14 - Elliott Whitehead
12 - Josh Hodgson
11 - Jordan Rapana
11 - Jack Wighton
10 - Nick Cotric
9 - Shannon Boyd
8 - Joey Leilua
8 - Sia Soliola
6 - Siliva Havili
6 - Aidan Sezer
3 - Blake Austin
3 - Jarrod Croker
3 - Sam Williams

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Jordan Rapana and Nick Cotric, joint winners of the 2017 Fans’ Choice Player of the Year.

Round by round voting

Rd 25 V Warriors

3 - Josh Papalii
2- Jordan Rapana
1 - Sam Williams

Votes
109 - Josh Papalii
59 - Jordan Rapana
33 - Sam Williams
19 - Elliott Whitehead
14 - Joey Leilua
8 - Nick Cotric
6 - Josh Hodgson
6 - Sia Soliola
2 - Blake Austin

Rd 24 V Rabbitohs

3 - Sia Soliola
2 - Nick Cotric
1 - Josh Hodgson

Round 24 - Final Tally

120 - Sia Soliola
37 - Nick Cotric
33 - Josh Hodgson
31 - Josh Papalii
30 - Michael Oldfield
18 - Blake Austin
8 - Emre Guler
4 - Jordan Rapana
3 - Brad Abbey
2 - Junior Paulo
1 - Joey Leilua
1 - Elliott Whitehead

Rd 23 V Roosters

3 - Josh Papalii
2 - Elliott Whitehead
1 - Jordan Rapana

Votes
85 - Josh Papalii
48 - Elliott Whitehead
34 - Jordan Rapana
25 - Sia Soliola
17 - Joe Tapine
14 - Josh Hodgson
8 - Sam Williams
4 - Joey Leilua
3 - Brad Abbey
3 - Nick Cotric
2 - Blake Austin
2 - Shannon Boyd
2 - Emre Guler
1 - Luke Bateman
1 - Dunamis Lui

Rd 22 V Tigers

3 - Joe Tapine
2 - Josh Papalii
1 - Jordan Rapana

Votes
80 - Joe Tapine
45 - Josh Papalii
28 - Jordan Rapana
6 - Joey Leilua
2 - Siliva Havili
1 - Blake Austin
1 - Nick Cotric
1 - Josh Hodgson
1 - Dunamis Lui
1 - Elliott Whitehead
1 - Sam Williams

Rd 21 V Panthers
3 - Joe Tapine
2 - Jordan Rapana
1 - Joey Leilua

Votes
51 - Joe Tapine
34 - Jordan Rapana
27 - Joey Leilua
16 - Nick Cotric
3 - Dunamis Lui
1 - Josh Papalii

Rd 20 V Storm

3- Josh Hodgson
2 -Joe Tapine
1 - Sia Soliola

Votes
28 - Josh Hodgson
17 - Joey Tapiner
15 - Sia Soliola
13 - Jordan Rapana
9 - Nick Cotric
8 - Sam Williams
6 - Elliott Whitehead
5 - Luke Bateman
5 - Joey Leilua
4 - Liam Knight
3 - Blake Austin
2 - Jack Murchie
2 - Josh Papalii
1 - Dunamis Lui

Rd 19 V Sharks

3 - Joey Leilua
2 - Jordan Rapana
1 - Josh Hodgson

Votes
65 - Joey Leilua
39 - Jordan Rapana
23 - Josh Hodgson
6 - Nick Cotric
2 - Elliott Whitehead
1 - Jack Murchie
1 - Sam Williams

Rd 18 V Cowboys

3 - Josh Papalii
2 - Jordan Rapana
1 - Aidan Sezer

Votes
113 - Josh Papalii
49 - Jordan Rapana
48 - Aidan Sezer
44 - Michael Oldfield
5 - Sam Williams
2 - Josh Hodgson
1 - Blake Austin
1 - Nick Cotric
1 - Jarrod Croker
1 - Dunamus Lui

Rd 17 V Bulldogs

3 - Jarrod Croker
2 - Blake Austin
1 - Josh Hodgson

Votes
84 - Jarrod Croker
81 - Blake Austin
41 - Josh Hodgson
20 - Sia Soliola
14 - Siliva Havili
7 - Joe Tapine
6 - Dunamis Lui
4 - Nick Cotric
3 - Liam Knight
1 - Joey Leilua
1 - Aidan Sezer
1 - Sam Williams

Rd 16 V Broncos

3 - Josh Hodgson
2 - Nick Cotric
1 - Sia Soliola

Votes
83 - Josh Hodgson
26 - Nick Cotric
23 - Sia Solila
19 - Elliott Whithead
18 - Josh Papalii
11 - Aidan Sezer
4 - Brad Abbey
3 - Siliva Havili

Rd 15 V Tigers

3 - Josh Hodgson
2 - Elliott Whitehead
1 - Joe Tapine

Votes
127 - Josh Hodgson
51 - Elliott Whitehead
32 - Joe Tapine
31 - Josh Papalii
25 - Jack Wighton
8 - Jarrod Croker
6 - Joey Leilua
3 - Sia Soliola
2 - Blake Austin
2 - Luke Bateman
1 - Dunamis Lui
1 - Michael Oldfield

Rd 14 V Panthers

3 - Josh Papalii
2 - Elliott Whitehead
1 - Jack Wighton

Votes
72 - Josh Papalii
38 - Elliott Whitehead
19 - Jack Wighton
7 - Jarrod Croker
4 - Blake Austin
3 - Ata Hingano
2 - Luke Bateman
2 - Siliva Havili
2 - Joey Leilua
2 - Sia Soliola
1 - Liam Knight

Rd 12 V Sea Eagles

3 - Nick Cotric
2 - Jack Wighton
1 - Josh Papalii

Votes
135 - Nick Cotric
99 - Jack Wighton
70 - Josh Papalii
16 - Siliva Havili
11 - Joey Leilua
7 - Blake Austin
7 - Aidan Sezer
2 - Liam Knight
1 - Jarrod Croker

Rd 11 V Dragons

3 - Josh Papalii
2 - Jack Wighton
1 - Nick Cotric

Votes
40 - Josh Papalii
36 - Jack Wighton
34 - Nick Cotric
13 - Jordan Rapana
10 - Jarrod Croker
6 - Blake Austin
6 - Joe Tapine
3 - Joey Leilua
3 - Elliott Whitehead
2 - Aidan Sezer
1 - Luke Bateman
1 - Siliva Havili

Rd 10 V Sharks

3 - Josh Papalii
2 - Joe Tapine
1 - Elliott Whitehead

Votes
74 - Josh Papalii
56 - Joe Tapine
16 - Elliott Whitehead
15 - Blake Austin
12 - Jordan Rapana
11 - Nick Cotric
10 - Siliva Havili
9 - Jack Wighton
7 - Joey Leilua
3 - Jarrod Croker

Rd 9 V Titans

3 – Shannon Boyd
2 - Joe Tapine
1 – Sia Soliola

Votes
66 – Shannon Boyd
61 – Joe Tapine
39 – Sia Solila
31 – Jordan Rapana
24 – Siliva Havili
10 – Nick Cotric
8 – Aidan Sezer
8 – Josh Papalii
7 – Blake Austin
2 – Joey Leilua
1 – Elliott Whitehead

Rd 8 V Cowboys

3 - Siliva Havili
2 - Joe Tapine
1 - Jordan Rapana

Votes
86 - Siliva Havili
74 - Joe Tapine
62 - Jordan Rapana
27 - Josh Papalii
26 - Nick Cotric
22 - Aidan Sezer
4 - Joey Leilua
4 - Elliott Whitehead
3 - Shannon Boyd
3 - Jarrod Croker
3 - Jack Wighton
2 - Luke Bateman
2 - Sia Soliola
1 - Dunamis Lui

Rd 7 V Rabbitohs

3 - Elliott Whitehead
2 - Jack Wighton
1 - Joe Tapine

Votes
63 - Elliott Whitehead
37 - Jack Wighton
28 - Joe Tapine
23 - Dunamis Lui
13 - Joey Leilua
11 - Nick Cotric
8 - Junior Paulo
4 - Jarrod Croker
3 - Josh Papalii
1 - Luke Bateman
1 - Sia Soliola

Rd 6 V Eels

3 - Siliva Havili
2 - Aidan Sezer
1 - Joe Tapine

Votes
95 - Siliva Havili
45 - Aidan Sezer
43 - Joe Tapine
26 - Sia Soliola
15 - Josh Papalii
8 - Blake Austin
8 - Luke Bateman
6 - Joey Leilua
4 - Junior Paulo
3 - Elliott Whitehead
3 - Jack Wighton
1 - Shannon Boyd
1 - Dunamis Lui

Rd 5 V Bulldogs

3 - Aidan Sezer
2 - Joe Tapine
1 - Joey Leilua

Votes
191 - Aidan Sezer
119 - Joe Tapine
55 - Joey Leilua
37 - Dunamis Lui
35 - Sia Soliola
19 - Jarrod Croker
10 - Nick Cotric
7 - Siliva Havili
5 - Luke Bateman
3 - Junior Paulo
2 - Shannon Boyd
1 - Liam Knight

Rd 4 V Sea Eagles

3 - Jack Wighton
2 - Elliott Whitehead
1 - Sia Soliola

Votes
92 - Jack Wighton
35 - Elliott Whitehead
17 - Sia Soliola
12 - Nick Cotric
12 - Dunamis Lui
11 - Jarrod Croker
11 - Siliva Havili
5 - Junior Paulo
4 - Shannon Boyd
2 - Joe Tapine
1 - Luke Bateman
1 - Ata Hingano

Rd 3 V Warriors

3 - Joey Leilua
2 - Nick Cotric
1 - Sia Soliola

Votes
63 - Joey Leilua
48 - Nick Cotric
40 - Sia Soliola
12 - Siliva Havili
6 - Elliott Whitehead
5 - Jordan Rapana
3 - Luke Bateman
3 - Shannon Boyd
1 - Jack Wighton
1 - Sam Williams

Rd 2 V Knights

3 - Shannon Boyd
2 - Elliott Whitehead
1 - Blake Austin

Votes
75 - Shannon Boyd
54 - Elliott Whitehead
49 - Blake Austin
33 - Jack Wighton
27 - Jordan Rapana
6 - Dunamis Lui
4 - Siliva Havili
2 - Junior Paulo
1 - Josh Papalii

Rd 1 V Titans

3 - Shannon Boyd
2 - Sam Williams
1 - Jack Wighton

Votes
77 - Shannon Boyd
43 - Sam Williams
37 - Jack Wighton
32 - Joe Tapine
17 - Siliva Havili
14 - Elliott Whitehead
10 - Sia Soliola
8 - Josh Papalii
4 - Jordan Rapana
3 - Joey Leilua

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Re: 2018 Fans' Choice Player of the Year

Post by greeneyed » September 6, 2018, 7:28 pm

Josh Papalii wins the 2018 Canberra Raiders Fans' Choice Award

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Josh Papalii is the winner of the Canberra Raiders Fans' Choice Award for 2018.

The award was decided in the final round of the season, with Papalii taking man of the match honours in the clash with the Warriors - and overtaking Joe Tapine. It is the second time Papalii has won the Fans' Choice award, also finishing on top in 2016. As the Player of the Year, Papalii also takes out the Fans' Choice Award for Forward of the Year.

Papalii started the season in indifferent form, and was relegated to the Raiders NSW Premiership affiliate, Mounties, in Round 5. He responded with a man of the match performance, clocking up an impressive 182 metres from 17 runs, 78 post contact metres, four tackle breaks and 21 tackles. He didn't play "reserve grade" again, playing 22 NRL matches for the season - and was named man of the match by the fans in six matches.

“I probably agreed with Ricky on the call to drop me back,” Papalii said after his return to first grade. “I just copped it on the chin like most players would. Sticky said I wasn’t in form and dropped me back for one week. I’ve been in these shoes before. I got dropped back to Souths Logan back in the day. Sometimes to try and get that spark you need to take a few steps backwards and come back a better player.”

He certainly did that. After returning to firsts, Papalii shifted from the edge to the middle and made the lock position his own. He played all three State of Origin matches for the Maroons, and put himself back into contention for Kangaroos selection.

"I thought he had a really good series, I think he's having a really good year," Australian coach Mal Meninga said after the Origin series.

"Certainly since he's been dropped, come back in the side and playing in the middle of the field at 13 he's excelled. I think he's one of the best forwards in the competition at the moment on form."

"The good thing with 'Papa' is he's got flexibility. He can play edge, he can play middle. The middle suits him. He's a big unit, got good footwork, good speed, he's got a great motor, he can last good minutes."

He finished the season as the Raiders' biggest metre eater in the forwards, averaging 126 metres from 14 runs and 27 tackles per game. He produced five tries and two try assists and also made 56 tackle breaks, seven line breaks and 14 offloads for the year.

Papalii earned a four year contract extension with the club in June, tying him to the Green Machine until the end of 2022. He'll be aged 30 by the end of that deal, and it now seems likely he'll end his career as a one club man.

Fellow back rowers Joe Tapine and Elliott Whitehead finished in second and third place in the voting. Tapine played just 16 games due to suspension and injury. He led the voting before breaking his thumb with two matches remaining in the season - so he's been very consistent when on field.

Jordan Rapana and Jack Wighton are joint winners of the Back of the Year, finishing the season on 11 points. Wighton did not play after Round 15, suspended after he pleaded guilty to assault charges - his regrettable off field behaviour also costing his team dearly. Rapana was one of the joint winners of the Fans' Choice Award in 2017, but he only forced a tie in the last round, polling two points against the Warriors.

The Canberra Raiders Fans' Choice Player of the Year has been awarded since 2004, with the inaugural winner being Ruben Wiki. Other winners have included Alan Tongue, Terry Campese, Shaun Fensom, Jarrod Croker, Josh Hodgson, Jordan Rapana and Nick Cotric. The award, sponsored by The Greenhouse Canberra Raiders supporters site (TheGH.com.au), is voted on by the fans on line, who give 3-2-1 points to the best players each week. The Player of the Year receives a crystal trophy from The Greenhouse.

2018 Canberra Raiders Fans' Choice

Fans' Choice Player of the Year and Best Forward: Josh Papalii
Best Backs: Jordan Rapana and Jack Wighton


Final Leaderboard:

21 - Josh Papalii
19 - Joe Tapine
14 - Elliott Whitehead
12 - Josh Hodgson
11 - Jordan Rapana
11 - Jack Wighton
10 - Nick Cotric
9 - Shannon Boyd
8 - Joey Leilua
8 - Sia Soliola
6 - Siliva Havili
6 - Aidan Sezer
3 - Blake Austin
3 - Jarrod Croker
3 - Sam Williams

Previous winners:

2017 Jordan Rapana, Nick Cotric
2016 Josh Papalii
2015 Josh Hodgson
2014 Jarrod Croker
2013 Jarrod Croker
2012 Shaun Fensom, Blake Ferguson
2011 Shaun Fensom
2010 Josh Dugan
2009 Josh Dugan
2008 Terry Campese
2007 Alan Tongue
2006 Alan Tongue
2005 Jason Smith (Clinton Schifcofske finished on equal points, with Jason Smith declared winner on countback)
2004 Ruben Wiki
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